Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Meet The New Judge

He's in.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-Samuel Alito was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday after a divided Senate confirmed the second conservative selected by President George W. Bush in his effort to move the high court to the right.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Bush's first Supreme Court nominee, administered the constitutional and judicial oaths in a private ceremony at the court, a spokeswoman said.
Janice Rogers Brown should be next. Let's see Teddy Boy try and rant and rave against her.

Mrs. Moonbat Goes To Washington

Guess who's coming for dinner?
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Cindy Sheehan said she will be part of the live audience during the president's State of the Union speech to congress Thursday.

Bay Area Congresswoman Lynn Woosley gave the anti-war activist a gallery pass late Tuesday, just hours before the planned State of the Union speech. Sheehan was in Washington to protest the president during his national address, but then came word she was invited to see the speech live.
Let's just hope the Secret Service is keeping its eyes peeled.

All For Naught

Suck on it, dweebs: Senate to Vote On Alito Today
Republican senators, aided by 19 Democrats, cleared the path yesterday for Samuel A. Alito Jr. to join the Supreme Court and for President Bush to put his stamp firmly on the nine-member bench.

The Senate voted 72 to 25 to end debate on Alito's nomination and to allow a roll call on his confirmation today, shortly before noon. Alito's supporters garnered a dozen more votes than the 60 they needed to choke off a Democratic filibuster effort, which would have allowed debate to continue indefinitely.
John Kerry was asked for a response, but he was too busy committing political suicide.

Junk Social Science

Oh, well I guess this explains everything then: Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases
Emory University psychologist Drew Weston put self-identified Democratic and Republican partisans in brain scanneres and asked them to evaluate negative information about various candidates. Both groups were quick to spot inconsistency and hypocrisy--but only in candidates they opposed.

(snip) Another study presented at the conference, which was in Palm Springs, Calif., explored relationships between racial bias and political affiliation by analyzing self-reported beliefs, voting patterns and the results of psychological tests that measure implicit attitudes--subtle stereotypes people hold about various groups.

That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did.
Most of this is pure BS, but some stereotypes are accurate. For example, the majority of liberals are naval-gazing, hand-wringing, why-can't-we-all-just-get-along kumbayah America is always wrong types.

Some truths about some people just can't be avoided.

Mr. Mullah, You Have Been Served

Oh, I'm sure the Iranians are quaking in their boots over this.
The United States and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agreed Tuesday that Iran should be hauled before that powerful body over its disputed nuclear program.

China and Russia, longtime allies and trading partners of Iran, signed on to a statement that calls on the U.N. nuclear watchdog to transfer the Iran dossier to the Security Council, which could impose sanctions or take other harsh action.
I think it's fairly clear that this is merely delaying the inevitable. The Iranians should be told point-blank that next time there will be no sharply worded memos.

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Fido Patrol

Pet Cops, Pet Cops, watcha gonna do when they come for you?
CATS, dogs and other family pets are to have five statuatory "freedoms" enshrined in law-and owners who flout the regulations could face jail or a fine of up to 5,000 after a visit from the "pet police."

The Times has learnt that Margaret Beckett, the Environment Secretary, is to produce detailed codes of conduct telling pet owners how to feed their animals and where they should go to the toilet, along with ways of providing "mental stimulation". Owners of "sociable" pets should provide them with playmates, the codes will say.

Every domesticated animal will have a code of conduct tailored to their species, each of which is expected to run into dozens of pages. This will form part pf the Animal Welfare Bill, expected to clear Parliament in the next few months.
Welcome to 1984, British nanny-state style.

Queen Of The Plantation

Her Hillariness says it's time.
Americans are growing "impatient" as they wait for a woman to be elected president, 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Saturday night.

"People are saying, 'Well, at least we're ready,'" Clinton told interviewer Jane Pauley, as the two held a public chat for charity in San Francisco.

"There's a feeling that it's time," she added.
Sorry, Ma'am, I don't think so. If the people didn't want to elect a woman (Kerry) in 2004, they probably won't in 2008.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Run, Cindy, Run

Oh, this ought to be fun to watch, just to see the loony left further self-destruct.
CARACAS, Venezuela-Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.

"She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won't call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops," Sheehan told The Associated Press in an interview while attending the World Social Forum in Venezuela along with thousands of other anti-war and anti-globalization activists.
Michael Moore will surely support her. Considering his track record in picking winners, (Wesley Clarke, anyone?) it's probably the best thing he could do for his country.

Great Danes

It's nice to know that not all Europeans are gutless wonders and at least some are standing firm against the Islamowhackos.
DENMARK'S Prime Minister said his government could not act against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after Lybia closed its embassy in Copenhagen amid growing Muslim anger over the dispute.

The newpaper Jyllands-Posten had not intended to insult Muslims when it published the drawings, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, referring to an editorial on the paper's website in Danish and Arabic.

But while Mr. Fogh Rasmussen tried to assuage Muslim anger, Libya yesterday closed its embassy in Denmark in protest at the drawings.
Considering that these seventh-century thugs are so thin-skinned, I'm surprised the PM felt he had to say anything. In his honor, I'll have a Danish.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Not So Fast, John-Boy

It must really suck to be Kerry. Not even all of his fellow Dimwits are with him on this one.
WASHINGTON-Long-smoldering Democratic dissension flared openly Friday as liberals sought support for a last-minute filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito against the advice of leaders worried about a backlash in the 2006 election.

"I reject those notions that there ought to somehow be some political calculus about the future...The choice is now," said Massachisetts Sen. John Kerry, the party's 2004 presidential candidate and a White House hopeful for 2008. He said it was imperative to fight for "those people who count on us to stand up and protect them."

Two of the party's Senate leaders, Harry Reid of Nevada and Charles Schumer of New York, privately made clear their unhappiness with the strategy, even though they, too, oppose Alito's confirmation. And Rep. Harold Ford (news, bio, voting record), seeking a Senate seat in Republican-leaning Tennessee, dismissed the filibuster approach openly.

"It does not appear that there is any reason to hold up a vote. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will move quickly to bring this process to a dignified end."
Sorry, John-John. Looks like you'll have to be stuck being Ted Kennedy's booze carrier.

Fidel's Phony Fury

Cuba has a 100% literacy rate and free health care. The only thing missing is that pesky freedom of speech.
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan. 27 2006-Always-simmering tension between the United States and Cuba has burst out into the open over a news ticker mounted on the U.S. diplomatic mission that beams human rights and democracy messages in big crimson letters in the Havana night.

Cuban President Fidel Castro, after marching more than a million people by the building earlier this week, has ordered construction workers to extend an open-air stage in front of the mission right up to within yards of the gate. He plans to mount huge flags on the stage to block the ticker from view, a construction ministry source said.
The quotes on the ticker are from the likes of Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa...yup, they're real threats to the Cuban people.

Fathead's Fat Crusade

"Oh, I say, old chaps, we inbred Royals are the epitome of health. Polo, fox hunts and limosine rides have made us fit as a fiddle unlike those uncouth Americans, eh, what?"
THE Prince of Wales warned the British people last night that they were in danger of becoming as obese as many Americans because they did not walk or cycle enough.

The Prince, who has a fleet of chauffer-driven cars and has rarely if ever been seen in public on the saddle of a bike, said: "We are perhaps not very far behind our American cousins in the 'super-sizing epidemic.'"
"Jolly bad show, eh what? My servants can tell you what a bloody hard workout being wealthy and useless is. Oh, I say, it's time for my evening constitutional. Just a quick walk around the palace, eh what? Tally ho!"

Palestenian Dead Pool

Hmmm. Maybe Sharon had the right idea after all.
GAZA (Reuters)-Hamas and Fatah gunmen exchanged fire on Friday in political turmoil as the long-dominant Fatah faction was threatened with a violent backlash from within after its crushing election defeat by the Islamic militant group.

Hamas, whose shock parliamentary election victory changed the face of Palestenian politics and plunged Middle East peacekeeping deeper into limbo, said it would hold talks soon with President Mahmoud Abbas on a "political partnership." But Fatah leaders have rejected a coalition with Hamas.
The Palestenians wanted this, and they got it. Meanwhile I'll be making more popcorn.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

1933 Redux

The Nazis have won and Europe is flummoxed. Oh, wait-this is 2006. But it looks like Europe has learned nothing regardless.
PARIS-World leaders, uneasy at the prospect of a Hamas-led Palestenian government, immediately exterted pressure on the Islamic militants Thursday to recognize Israel and renounce violence as a precondition for support.

That a group listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States won seemingly fair-and-square at the ballot box compounded the dilemma for foreign governments. While they welcomed the smooth running of the Palestenian legislative elections, the militants' stunning showing also unsettled many and threw Middle East peacekeeping into turmoil.

"Hamas won," said Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. "Hamas is surely not a democratic movement. Its ideas are surely not humanistic ideas.

"What do we do now?"
Robert Redford said the same thing at the end of The Candidate. Of course, he wasn't looking to destroy Israel and the Western way of life at the time.

John-Boy Vs. The Judge

Desperate to prove his conitnued irrelevance, Herman Munster is putting up his dukes.
WASHINGTON (CNN)-Sen. John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

"Judge Alito's confirmation would be an ideological coup on the Supreme Court," Kerry said in a written statement explaining his support for a filibuster.

"We can't afford to see the court's swing vote, Justice Day O'Conner, replaced with a far-right idelogue like Samuel Alito."
He went on to say that in a contest between him and Al Gore in the 2008 Democratic primaries, he would win for sheer dorkiness.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Royal In The Trenches

This could be a good experience for the young man.
LONDON (AFP)-Prince Harry, completing his army officer training, has chosen to join a regiment which could be deployed in Iraq.

Harry, 21, third in line to the throne, has opted to join the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry, his father Prince Charles's Clarence House residence said yesterday.

The Household Cavalry are expected to be deployed to Iraq in the future.

(snip) In an interview to mark his 21st birthday in September, Harry insisted he would be willing to serve on the front line once his training days as Officer Cadet Wales are over.

"There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.

"That may sound very patriotic, but it's true. It's not the way anyone should really work."
Good luck and Godspeed, Leftenant. Do your country proud.

Dewey, Chetum, Andhow

Oh, this is rich.
Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein Wednesday distrubuted copies of a lawsuit against President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for destroying Iraq.

The suit accuses Bush and Blair of committing war crimes by using weapons of mass destruction and internationally-banned weapons including enriched uranium and phosphoric and cluster bombs against unarmed Iraqi civilians, notably in Baghdad, Fallujah, Ramadi, al-Kaem and Anbar.
Destroying Iraq? Wasn't Saddam pretty much on the way to doing that himself before we stepped in?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Chop Phooey

How do you say bend over in Chinese?
Google said Tuesday it would launch versions of its search and news Web sites in China that censor material deemed objectionable to authorities there, reasoning that users getting limited access to content was better than none.

The new local Google site, exptected to be launched on Wednesday at Google.cn, will include notes at the bottom of results pages that disclose when content has been removed, said Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel for Google.

"Coogle.cn will comply with local Chinese laws and regulations," he said in a statement. "In deciding how best to approach the Chinese-or any market, we must balance our committments to satisfy the interest of users, expand access to information, and respond to local conditions."
They'll cave in to communists but won't share with Uncle Sam. No wonder lefties love them.

An Honest Useful Idiot

Reason # 1,345,689,201 why the Lamestream Media is dying.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (Reuters)-A Los Angeles Times coloumnist who infuriated conservatives by writing that he does not support American troops fighting in Iraq-and calling those who do "whusses"-stood by the article on Tuesday.

Joel Stein said he has been "bombarded" by hate mail over the indendiary article-which was headlined "Warriors and Wusses" and held that U.S. soldiers in Iraq were "ignoring their morality"-but does not regret writing it and stands by the premise.

"I don't support what they are doing, and I don't see the point of putting a big yellow magnet on your car if you don't," Stein told Reuters in an interview. "I don't think (soldiers) are necessarily bad people. I do plenty of things that are wrong too. But I don't agree with what they are doing so I don't see the logic of supporting it."
You've got to admit-if you want to commit suicide in public, this is a pretty good way of doing it.

One Bullet, One Vote

Now these are what I call disgruntled voters.
NABLUS, West Bank-Palestenian gunmen linked to the ruling Fatah movement killed one of their party leaders Tusday, increasing tensions on the eve of parliamentarty balloting and raising doubts about a new pledge by armed groups in the West Bank and Gaza to hold their fire during the vote.

Opinion polls have shown Fatah and Hamas in a close race ahead of Wednesday's election and both sides have said they might form a coalition government. Both sides were banned from campaigning Tuesday for a cooling-off period before the election.
If I were an Israeli I might want to break out the popcorn for this one.

Oh, Canada

Michael Moore is crying in his Krispy Cremes.
Martin to resign as leader

Stephen Harper will become the 22nd prime minister of Canada after his Conservatives won a minority government last night, ending 12 years of Libereal rule and delivering a deadly blow to Paul Martin's leadership.

The Conservatives chalked up impressive gains in popular vote and seats across the country, scoring their first breakthrough in Quebec, where 10 Tories were headed for victory.
It can't be stressed enough what a sea change this represents in Canada. By Canadian standards this is the equivelant of Ronald Reagan beating Jimmy Carter. Since Canada is now out for wealthy Hollyweird types who hate Bush, I wonder if Venezuela will see a spike in emigration?

"It's Morning In Canada..."

In case anybody missed it, the Canadians had a pretty important election Monday. In honor of the Liberals' defeat, allow me to add some salt into their wounds with the following:

There ya go. Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2006

From Russia With Love

I think Q is running out of ideas.
Russia's main intelligence agency says it has caught four British diplomats in a spy scheme worthy of James Bond for its use of bizzare gadgetry.

According to Russian television reports, a piece of equipment that can store and exchange classified information was hidden in a fake rock in Moscow Square, allowing alleged spies to upload and download information in broad daylight while appearing to do nothing more innocuous than use a cellphone or a Blackberry.
"Now pay close attention, 007. It can send and transmit information, shoot missiles at incoming targets, and be used as a doorstop all at the same time."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Scoring For Dollars

No yanky-wanky, no luchre.
University of Florida employees have to pledge that they're having sex with their domestic partners before qualifying for benefits under a new health care plan at the university.

The partners of homosexual and heterosexual employees are eligible for coverage under UF's plan, which will take effect in February. The enrollment process began this month, and some employees have expressed conceern about an affidavit that requires a pledge of sexual activity.

Fielding questions about the pledge at a Faculty Senate meeting Thursday, UF's vice presdient of human resources said he's heard concerns about the affidavit, though overall feedback about the plan has been positive.

"I would say 95 percent of the affidavit is fine," Kyle Cavanaugh said in an interview after the meeting.
I'd like to know how they're going to verify that applicants are telling the truth when they say "Yes."

All The News They See Fit To Print

Forget about Indian tribes and Harry Reid. The only thing that matters to the MSM is that Bush is evil.
As details poured out about the illegal and unseemly activities of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, White House officials sought to portray the scandal as a Capitol Hill affair with little relvance to them. Peppered for days with questions about Abramoff's visits to the White House, press secretary Scott McClellan said the now disgraced lobbyist had attended two huge holiday receptions and a few "staff-level meetings" that were not worth describing firther. "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him," McClellan said.

The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed. While TIME's source refused to provide the pictures for publication, they are likely to see the light of day eventually because celebrity tabloids are on the prowl for them. And that has been a fear of the Bush team's for the past several months: that a picture of the President with the admitted felon could become the iconic image of direct presidential involvement in a burgeoning corruption scandal like the shots of Bill Clinton as White House coffees for campaign contributers in the mid-1990s.
You can just smell the bias here, can't you? Never mind the fact that Abramoff greased palms on both sides of the aisle. Never mind the fact that the lamestream media constantly downplayed Clinton's scandals with the exception of Monicagate, and then they were on Bubba's side. What hypocrites.

The Islamofascist's Night Light

Linus had his security blanket. Radar had a teddy bear. What does Zarqawi use?
IRAQ'S most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, goes to sleep every night wearing a suicide belt packed with explosives, according to a leading insurgent who met him two weeks ago.

"He never takes it off," said Sheikh Abu Omar al-Ansari, leader of a Sunni resistance group called Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura (Army of the Victorious Sect).

"He told me: 'I would rather blow myself up and die as a matyr-and kill a few Americans along the way-than be arrested and humiliated by them."
Maybe he could accicentally set the thing off while he's asleep and save us the trouble...

Our Man In Havana

Meet the anti-Harry Bellafonte.
Herald Sun: Walesa becomes US' man in Havana [22jan06]

US diplomats arranged for Cuban dissidents to get a pep talk from former Polish President Lech Welesa today in the latest chapter of Washington's long-running ideological battle against President Fidel Castro's communist government.

"The system will fall because nobody believes in communism," said Mr. Welesa, the founder of Poland's Solidarity movement which toppled Poland's communist government and led to the collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe.

"You are close to your goal," he said in Warsaw in a video conference with dissdents gathered at the Havana home of the top US diplomat in Cuba, Michael Parmly.
Hugo Chavez was unavailable for a response as he and Bellafonte were too busy singing "The Bannana Boat Song" on their honeymoon together.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Jimmy Carter's Rubber Tree Plant

You've got to hand it to Jimmah-at least he's consistently naive.
Jimmy Carter Has High Hopes for Hamas

Former President Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas' participation in next week's Palestenian parliamentary elections, saying that while the group may be terrorists, at least they're not corrupt.

Interviewed Friday, Carter said that although Hamas were "so-called terrorists," so far "there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials."

In quotes reported by the Jerusalem Post, Carter did concede that "there is an element within Hamas who deny Israel's right to exist."
I wish we could deny Jimmah existed and that he was just a figment of our imagination...

John Kerry, Conspiracy Theorist

John Kerry is the Energizer Bunny of politics. He just keeps running and running and running...
Daily Kos: Real Hardball

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged-but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devestating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet anohter video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.
Yeah, that's right, John-Boy. Bush is hiding bin Laden and letting him make tapes just to make you look bad. And to think this nutjob even came close to getting the keys to the kingdom.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Blame Canada (And Bush)

Common sense seems to be sweeping Canada, and Mikey is scared.
Oh, Canada-you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of homor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it's a new form of Canadian irony-reverse irony! OK, now I get it. First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq-and then you elect a prime minister who's for it. You declare gay people have equal rights-and then you elect a man who says they don't. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory-and then you vote for a man who wants to cut off aid to these poorest of your citizens. Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat's off to you.
Poor Mikey. Not even Canadians think he's worth listening to.

Jesus Christ, Commie Star

He's got soul, and he's Superbad.
Entertainment News Article Reuters.com

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters)-Billed as the world's first black Jesus movie, "Son of Man" portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and aims to shatter the Western image of a placid savior with fair hair and blue eyes.

The South African film, which premiers on Sunday at the U.S. Sundance festival in Utah, transports the life and death of Christ from first century Palestine to a contemporary African state racked by war and poverty.

Jesus is born in a shanty-town shed, a far cry from a manger in a Bthlehem stable. His mother Mary is a virgin, though feisty enough to argue with the angels. Gun-wielding authorities fear his message of equality and he ends up hanging on a cross.
In addition, the new black Jesus says he's the victim of white Zionism, and that if you give him money, he won't take you to court after accusing you of racism.

It's The Easter Fairy, Charlie Brown

Well, at least they'll be skipping along like the Easter Bunny would.
Gay Families Plan Easter at White House - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK-Three months before the annual Easter Egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.

The Family Pride Coalition and other organizers envision the April 17 action as a celebration that will earn good will and showcase their families engagint in the annual tradition.

"It's important for our families to be seen participating in all aspects of American life," said family Pride exectutive director Jennifer Chrisler.
Yeah, I can see how lesbians rolling each other instead of easter eggs will be seen as a real celebration of family values...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shrillary Talks Tough

What Would The Hildebeast Do?
The Daily Princetonian - Sen. Clinton calls for sanctions against Iran

Repeatedly referring to a need for "new vision and leadership" in U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) called Wednesday for United Nations sanctions against Iran and further global advances in women's right, and urged optimism for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestenian conflict.

"We cannot and should not-must not-permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons," Clinton said in a speech before a capacity crowd in Richardson Auditorium. (See full text.) "In order to prevent that from occuring, we must have more support vigorously and publicly expressed by China and Russia, and we must move as quickly as feasible for sanctions in the United Nations."
A lecture from Queen Hillary. That'll get Iran's attention.

The New Azaltan Army

Is Mexico pushing for a repeat of what happened in 1847?
An Arizona congressman yesterday demanded the State Department take "immediate diplomatic action" to stop Mexican military incursions into the United States, saying U.S. Border Patrol agents face a continuing threat of veing killed by rogue soldiers protecting drug smugglers.

Two-term Rep. Rick Renzi, in a letter to Secratary of State Concoleeza rice, said reports of Mexican military units providing armed escrorts to drug and alien smuggling operations represent "narco-terrorism in its purest form."

"Our borders are under attack by sophisticated organizations that have no qualms about firting on our Border Patrol units," Mr. Renzi said. "As we get tougher and more committed, so do the organizations committed to smuggling death and terror across our borders."
If Mexico is preparing for an invasion, they're a little late...

Day Of The Weasle

Sacre Bleu! No War for ze wine!

"What about the French? You know how unpredictable they are."-Marge Simpson
ABC News: France's Chirac Issues Nuclear Warning

President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday that France could respond with nuclear weapons against any state-sponsored terrorist attack, broadening the terms of French deterrence to adapt to new threats.

The warning came as France works with other Western nations to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear power, but officials and experts said Chirac's comments were not aimed specifically at Iran.

"Nuclear deterrence...is not aimed at dissuading fanatic terrorists," Chirac said in a speech delivered at a nuclear submarine base in Western France.

"Leaders of states who would use terrorist means agains us, just like anyone who would envisage using, in one way or another, arms of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and fitting response from us," he said. "This response could be conventional. It could also be of another nature."
Maybe the riots last year woke them up a little. Or maybe they're just getting ready to redeploy their white flag.

Goat Boy Lives

The Hairy One, he of the failing kidneys, many wives, and goat companions, is somehow still hanging in there.
My Way News

CAIRO, Egypt (AP)-Al-Jazeera on Thursday aired an audiotape from Osama bin Laden, who says al-Qaida is making preperations for attacks in the United States but offers a truce on "fair" and undefined conditions. The CIA has authenticated the voice on the tape as that of bin Laden, an agency official said.

The tape's release came days after a U.S. airstrike in pakistan that was targeting bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, and reportedly killed four leading al-Qaida figures, including possibly al-Zawahiri's son-in-law. There was no mention of the attack on the segments that were broadcast.
Don't worry, Sammy. Just sit tight; we'll take it from here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

That Pesky First Amendment

Who says free speech is dead?
Roberts Court Revisits McCain-Feingold

Chief Justice John Roberts gave free speech advocates hope Tuesday when he questioned the constitutional limits of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law in the law's most recent challenge to make its way to the Supreme Court.

The question before the court in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC is whether McCain-Feingold infringes upon First Amendment freedom of speech rights. The law bans corporate of union money to pay for political advertisements mentioning candidates by name in the months immediately preceding an election.
This is the one piece of legislation that McCain is known for. The problem is, Senator, is that nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you can't criticize your opponent during an election, or that individuals should be limited on how much money they contribute to their candidates. It's a bad law and deserves to die a quick death.

Jihad Street

It's a beautiful day in the Infatadah...it's a beautiful day in the Infatadah...won't you be my suicide bomber?
Warm and Fuzzy TV, Brought to You by Hamas - New York Times

Hazim Sharawi, whose state name is Uncle Hazim, is a quiet, doe-eyed young man who has an easy way with children and will soon preside over a children's television show here on which he'll cavort with men in larger-than-life, fake-fur animal suits on the Gaza Strip's newest television station, Al Aksa TV.

But Captain Kangaroo this is not. The station, named for Islam's third holiest site, is owned by Hamas, the people who helped make suicide bombing a household term.

"Our television show will have a message, but without getting into the tanks, the guns, the killing and the blood," said Mr. Sharawi, sitting in the broadcast studio where he will produce his show.
He's right. That's the job of the kids' parents. And now back to the show: "Can you tell me how to get...how to get to Jihad Street?"

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Big Bad Mama

Frankly, Ms. Shrill One, no one gives a damn.
New York Daily News - Home - Hil's King Day shocker

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped a Martin Luther King Day stunner yesterday-comparing GOP rule of the House of Representatives to a "plantation."

Standing alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton, Clinton told a mostly black crowd that "when you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation-and you know what I'm talking about."
Hillary's just mad because she wants to run the plantation herself. "As God is my witness, I will never be out of power again!"

The Swimmer Doesn't Give A Hoot

Et Tu, Ted?
Ted Kennedy to Drop Club Membership

After ripping Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito for what Senator Ted Kennedy called "troubling" ties to a social club at Princeton University, Kennedy is distancing himself from his own curious ties to a club at Harvard University.

As previously reported by NewsMax, Kennedy is a member of The Owl Club, a social club for Harvard alumni that bans women from membership. Ironically, the Owl Club, long reviled at Harvard as "sexist," was evicted from the campus in 1984 for violating federal anti-discrimination laws authored by Kennedy.

According to the Boston Herald, Kennedy was questioned on his status as an Owl Club member by Boston TV station WHDH. Kennedy said, "I'm not a member; I continue to pay about $100."
The club's bartender could not be reached for comment.

"Rock"-et Man

"Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a salesman!"
Shatner Sells Kidney Stone for Charity - Yahoo! News

Actor William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for $25,000, with the money going to a housing charity, it was announced Tuesday.

Shatner reached agreement Monday to sell the stone to GoldenPalace.com.

"This takes organ donors to a new height, a new low, maybe. How much is a piece of me worth?" he said in a telephone interview.
So, Captain, did they use a tractor beam or a transporter to get it out? "She canna take much more o' this..."

Freak For Hire

Wanted: One washed-up singer, albino circus freak. Must have experience with children.
Michael Jackson Job Hunting in Bahrain

Michael Jackson seems to be settling in to the Persian Gulf. He has shopped for real estate here, been spotted in glitzy malls_and now it appears that Jackson is interviewing for a job.

The singer, his reputation in tatters at home after winning a grueling molestation trial in California last year, is negotiating a position as a consultant with a Bahrain-based company that plans to set up theme parks and music academies in the Middle East, according to a press release.
The only drawback for Jacko is that he'll have to rename his kids' drinks "Jihad Juice" since it's a Muslim country. Other than that. I'm sure he'll fit right in with Islamic culture.


Just a little something I came up with in honor of the Dims and their performance at the Alito hearings.

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Loser Lashes Out

The Talking Tree is waving his branches again.

Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and Republicans alike-to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger.

In spite of our differences overe ideology and politics, we are in strong agreement that the American values we hold most dear have been placed at serious risk by the unprecedented claims of the Administration in a truly breathtaking expansion of executive power.

As we begin this new year, the Executive Branch of our government has been caught eavesdropping on huge numbers of American citizens and has brazenly declared that it has the unilateral right to continue without regard to the established law enacted by Congress to prevent such abuses.

It is imperative that respect for the rule of law be restored.
Yeah! What Al said! Respect the rule of law-like he did when he tried to steal the 2000 election! Or took campaign contributions from Chinese "Bhuddists." Or...

Eating their Own

Being a matyr just ain't what it used to be.
Telegraph News Palestinian youth frustrated by Arafat's old guard

The banner stretched over the rubbish-strewn street boasts of "41 years of democracy and struggle". It gets a grim laugh from many who pass beneath it.

This is the campaigning slogan of Fatah, the movement that dominates Palestinian life.

To those whose interests it is supposed to represent it seems far from democratic. Rather, it is a pyramid of privelage. As for struggle, the only fighting is between rival factions scrapping over the spoils of power.

Fatah has fallen a long way since the days when it and its leader, Yasser Arafat, enjoyed the support of most Palestenians. "I'm 34 now," said Kamal Abu Shabab who works for an international aid organisation in the Gaza Strip. "When I was 13 or 14, when Abu Ammar [Arafat] was talking on the radio I believed him. Since he's gone the whole thing has fallen apart. They should have achieved something by now."
I guess it's too late for them to ask Mrs. Arafat for their money back...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sex Ed

Now this is one course where I would've gotten an A+
Ohio School Porn Project Canceled

A high school research assignment on Internet pornography was canceled after parents in this Cleveland suburb complained.

Superintendent Jeff Lampert said that although the teacher's apparent goal-to discuss the harmful effects of pornography-was well-intentioned, he agreed with parents that the assignment was inappropriate for 14- and 15-year-old freshmen at Brooklyn High.
That's too bad. The kids could have probably taught him a lot.

How Deep Is Your Jihad

Greaseball is the word...
WorldNetDaily: Saturday Night Fatwa on Travolta's dancing?

Actor John Travolta, whose dance moves in films such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease" and "Pulp Fiction" have become legendary, is a threat to young Muslim women, according to radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza.

The Hollywood star was the subject of a recent anti-West sermon by the one-eyed, hook-handed religious leader.

According to the London Telegraph, Hamza stomped all over the actor's sexy stepping, claiming exposure to Travolta's flicks would corrupt female minds and lead them astray from Islamic principals.

"This brother he's a mujihad [freedom fighter] and she looks at him and says, 'Oh look, his forehead is black, he's probably praying.' She likes John Travolta, who is dancing and moving his stomach as quick as the-as I don't know what-and she likes that because if he was wearing the proper dress which has been imposed on him by Muslims, she wouldn't even think about him," Hamza said in a taped address.
Hamza, don't make Travolta come over there and get midieval on your ass.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Gaia's Greenhouse Effect

So it really is a bush's fault, after all?
New source of global warming gas found: plants - Yahoo! News

LONDON (Reuters)-German scientists have discovered a new source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on climate change.

The culprits are plants.

They produce about 10 t0 30 percent of the annual methane found in the atmosphere, according to researchers at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany.

The scientists measured the amount of methane released by plants in controlled experiments. They found it increases with rising temperatures and exposure to sunlight.
So I guess this makes Mother Nature part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

The Amazing Murtha

Oh, so he's Carnac now?
Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) believes the vast majority of U.S. troops in Iraq will be out by the end of the year and maybe even sooner. In his boldest words yet on the subject, the outspoken critic of the war predicts the withdrawal and tells Mike Wallace why he thinks the Bush administration will do it. The interview, a portion of which will appear on tonight's (13) CBS EVENING NEWS, will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday Jan. 15 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

"I think the vast majority will be out by the end of the year and I'm hopeful it will be sooner than that," Murtha tells Wallace, in the 60 MINUTES interview.
So, not only has he apparently become Secretary of Defense, he's also got a crystal ball. Hey, Murtha, can you also see what the Democrats' chances of retaking the House and Senate will be after the way they treated Alito and his wife?

United We Stand

Well, it looks like France has lost one if its major allies in its struggle against America.
Bush, Merkel Take United Stance on Iran - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON-President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood together Friday in urging U.N. intervention if Iran does not retreat from a resumption of its nuclear program.

The world needs to "send a common message to Iran that their behavior...is unacceptable," Bush said.

Merkel used similar words, and she also condemned statements by Iran's leader challenging Israel's right to exist. "We will not be intimidated by a country such as Iran," she said.
Meanwhile, at last report, her predcessor, Gerhardt Schroeder, was last seen weeping uncontrollably in a bar with Vladimir Putin.

Zawahiri Zapped?

If it's true, it will be great news.
ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: Pakistani Military Sources Say Zawahiri May Be Dead

Today, according to Pakistani military sources, U.S. aircraft attacked a compund known to be frequented by high level al Qaeda operatives. Pakistani officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, may have been among them.
Stay tuned for further developments. This could get very interesting.

Capitalism Under Attack

It's official in Maryland-capitalism is evil.
Md. Senate overrides veto of Wal-Mart bill

Maryland has become the first state in the nation to require Wal-Mart to spend a certain amount on health care or pay the difference in taxes. More such laws may be coming.

The Maryland measure requires Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark, to spend at least 8 percent of its payroll on employee health care or pay the difference to the state in taxes. The law enacted Thursday applies to all companies with more than 10,000 Maryland employees, but currently only Wal-Mart meets the employee threshold without paying 8 percent toward health care.

Labor unions, who heavily pushed for the bill to pass, said they would persue similar legislation in at least 30 other states.
That giant sucking sound you hear is businesses pulling up stakes and moving out.

Labor unions. Is there any greater threat to free enterprise these days?

The Rabbit Of Tomorrow

Ehh...what's up, Doc?
Guardian Unlimited Science Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo

British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases.

The proposal drew strong criticism from opponents to embryo research who yesterday challenged the ethics of the research and branded the work repugnant.
There is currently a very blurred line between what is acceptable and unacceptable in the scientific community. Brave New World, indeed.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Big Fizzle

Yep. I thought so.
A bipartisan group of Senate lawyers did not find any mention of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. in four boxes of materials from a Princeton alumni group Democrats have dubbed racist and mysogynistic in confirmation hearings.

The search dealt a blow to some of the final Democratic opposition to Judge Alito, spearheaded by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat. He demanded the papers be subpoenaed from the Library of Congress before the hearings resumed this morning.

"Judge Alito's name never appeared in any document," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, who secured access to the documents without a subpoena.
Well, Senator Swimmer, was it worth it making Alito's wife cry? Was it???

Clayton Bigsby

Dave Chappelle was an effing genius.
deseretnews.com Black sergeant was 'loyal Klansman'

About 25 years ago, Ron Stallworth was asked to lead the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs.

Problem was, the outgoing Klan leader didn't know that Stallworth was black.

"He asked me to take over the lead because I was a good, loyal Klansman," said Stallworth, who had been in constant phone contact with the Klan leader while leading a yearlong Colorado Springs police investigation into the Klan.

Stallworth later moved to Utah, where he recently retired after nearly 20 years as an investigetor for the Utah Department of Public Safety. He says he's amazed that no one ever caught on to the investigation he led starting in 1979. After he was offered Klan leadership, he quietly disappeared.

As a momento, Stallworth still carried his Klan membership card-signed by David duke.
If Stallworth had ever had to show up at any meetings, would he have had to show them his impression of Jesse Owens?

Oh, The Humanity

Like, grow up, dude.
Man sues chatroom pals: I was humiliated beyond what 'no man could endure' - CourtTV.com - Top News

Mike Marlowe fully admits that he sometimes gave George Gillespie a hard time in that AOL chatroom.

But never in his wildest imagination did he expect to be sued in court for what he characterized as "razzing."

"We gave him crap," said Marlowe, a 33-year-old welder in Fayette, Ala. "I'm not going to deny it. I teased him and he teased me back. He gave it back better than he ever got it."

A generation ago, such petty personal beefs might have been settled with fists outside the corner bar, but now it's the Internet age-and Ohio resident George Gillespie instead filed a $25,000 lawsuit against two erstwhile cyber chums he met in the sprawling 900-room, mostly anonymous society that makes up AOL's chat universe.
Personally I think anybody who joins one of these things is going to get what they deserve. God knows what would have happened if he'd gotten an Atomic Wedgie.

Much Ado About Nothing

Senator Swimmer shows that he's not going to let a pesky little thing like the facts get in the way of a good rant.
Why It Backfired

It was a stunt, and it failed in ways that prove how Senate Democrats have tossed reason out the window when it comes to Judge Samuel Alito. When the facts don't support you, get dramatic.

Around noon yeaterday, during what were until then smooth and uneventful hearings, an angry Sen. Ted Kennedy demanded that 30-year-old documents about the now-defunct Concerned Alumni of Princeton, or CAP, be entered into the record. Would republicans try to keep the documents from view? Would the documents reveal damning facts about Judge Alito? On both accounts, the answer was no.

After luhc, Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent aides to retrieve the documents--the private papers of longtime National Review publisher and onetime Concerned Alumni of Princeton leader William Reader--which are housed in the Library of Congress. The documents--internal correspondence, magazines, minutes of meetings and other items--would show whether Judge Alito was an active member of a group which, over the years, counted among its members at least a few people who made racist or sexist statements in CAP's publication, Prospect.

The answer was no. Seven weeks ago, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick found that the documents contain little or nothing about Judge Alito. The judge was not "among the group's major donors," Mr. Kirkpatrick found. "He was not an active leader of the group, and two of his classmates who were involved and Mr. Rusher said they did not remember his playing a role."
So there you have it. The Swimmer has once again made an ass out of himself. But let's face it; it's not that hard for him, and he comes from a party where they've turned it into an art form.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Teddy Boys

Well whaddya know.

Conservative activists are eager to point out that Sen Ted Kennedy was on shaky ground accusing the Judge Alito of associating with people opposed to the inclusion of women in private institutions, the WASHINGTON TIMES is fronting on Thursday.

The eight-term senator belonged to an all-male social club-the Owl-at Harvard University. The Owl refused to admit women until it was forced to do so during the 1980s, according to records kept by the HARVARD CRIMSON, the student newspaper.

A Kennedy spokeswoman said it was an entirely different matter.

"No one can question Senator Kennedy's commitment to equality, justice and civil rights," said Laura Capps. "What he was part of was a social club, not a radical group pushing an agenda."
She may be right. That didn't happen until Ted officially joined the Democratic Party.

White Light

Hippies everywhere owe a debt and wearing out their Beatles and Pink Floyd albums to this guy.
LSD discover Hoffmann turns 100

LIEMENTAL, Switzerland, Jan.11 (UPI) As Albert Hoffman, the father of LSD, turns 100 he stays in tune with nature but off the drug he says can be both dangerous and therapeutic.

Hoffman, who turned 100 Wednesday, discovered the psychedelic drug in 1938 while researching chemical compounds in plants, NZZ Online reports.

He began looking into ergot, a fungus that grows on cereals, used by midwives to stop post-natal bleeding.

The Basel, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company where Hoffman worked Sandoz-now Novartis-began selling LSD tablets in 1947 as a psychological disorder treatment.

But Hoffman "got a whiff" of LSD during research and began experimenting with it on himself. He said the drug boosted his senses, perceptions and moods. Hoffman also said it was therapeutic for his mind.
And don't forget the colors, man, the colors!

The Swimmer's Fellow Sharks

In a room full of manure, Ted Kennedy is still the biggest POS of them all.
FOXNews.com - Politics - Sparks Fly at Alito Hearing

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito continued his third day of his confirmation hearing Wednsday, sitting silently at times as some Senate Judiciary Committee members squabbled with each other.

The second day of questioning appeared to devolve into a back and forth about seeming discourtesies among lawmakers, and other expressed little appreciation for outsiders trying to influence the outcome of the confirmation.

After two days of accusations about the judge's relationship to a Princeton alumni group whose founder reportedly had written raciest and elitist comments in the group's magazine, Martha Alito, the nominee's wife who has been sitting steadfastly behind her husband for the last three days, broke into tears.

he crying gave way about six hours into the questioning. It was set off not by a critic, but by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who apologized to the nominee for having to listen to what he says are baseless accusations and linkages.

"Let me tell you, this guilt by association is going to drive good men and women away from trying to sig where you're sitting...Judge Alito, I am sorry you've had to go through this. I am sorry that your family has had to listen to this," Graham said.
These are the kind of people who want to regain control of the country. We cannot allow that to happen.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Here Come De Judge

The Washington Post (yeah, I know, I know) has published a complete transcript of the second day of the Alito confirmation hearings. From what I was able to see for myself, the strongest questions came from Leaky Leahy who, after rambling about his autobiography, asked about a campus group that Alito wasn't even a member of.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Judge Samuel Alito's Nomination to the Supreme Court

There's no question that this guy is going to get confirmed. The only question is which of the RHINOs (aside from Lindsay Graham) will side with Leahy and his whack pack when the final vote comes.

She We Await

Now this is what I call an optimist.
Modbee.com The Modesto Bee

CINCINNATI (AP)-A dead woman dressed in white was positioned in a chair in front of a television set for 2 1/2 years because she told her caregiver that she didn't want to be buried and planned to return, the coroner said.

"Don't show my body when I'm dead," Hamilton County Coroner Dr. O'dell Owens said Monday in describing Johannas Pope's wishes. "Don't bury me. I'm coming back."

Pope, 61, died Aug. 29, 2003. Her caretaker and friend, whose name has not been released, left the woman upstairs in the home with the television and air conditioning on while the body slowly decayed and mummified, authorities said.

Some family members continued to live downstairs in the house since her death.
"Norman? Norman, I'm cold! And turn down the TV! Norman? Norman!!"

Between The Burkas

God forbid they should ever find out how babies are actually made.
Middle East Times

CAIRO-An Egyptian cleric's controviersial fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage has uncovered a rift among Islamic scholars.

According to the religious edict issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al Azhar University's faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law), "being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage."

The religious decree sparked a hot debate on the private satellite network Dream's popular religious talk show and on the front page of Sunday's Al Masri Al Yom, Egypt's leading independent daily newspaper.

Suad Saleh, who heads the women's department of Al Azhar's Islamic studies faculty, pleaded for "anything that can bring spouses closer to each other" and rejected the claim that nudity during intercourse could invalidate a union.
Considering how women are treated in Muslim countries that follow the letter of the law, the women are probably better off being single. At least then there's less chance that more idiots like this guy will be born.

Monday, January 09, 2006

A Dog's Life

Will this include swimming lessons?
Sen. Kennedy to publish children's book

NEW YORK-Meet the latest children's author, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and his Portuguese Water Dog, Splash, his co-protagonist in "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C."

Scholastic, Inc. will release the book in May.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to create a book for young readers and their families that will deepen their understanding of how our American government works," Kennedy said in a statement Monday issued by Scholastic.
Among the chapters will be what it's like to see Kennedy under the table, and how a bribe is passed.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Day-O, Dumb-O

The Calypso Creep is at it again.
Harry Belafonte Calls Bush a Terrorist

American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including the actor Danny Glover and the Princeton University scholar Cornel West that met the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday in Cracas. Some in the group attended Chavez's television and radio broadcast Sunday.

"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people...support your revolution," Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.
Mr. Banana Breath should realize that not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of Americans think he's a jackass and a fellow traveller. As for Glover, somebody should tell him he's too old for this sh*t.

He Has A Plan

I'm surprised Teddy was sober long enough to even meet with this eunuch, much less formulate a plan with him.
Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold Discuss Impeachment

Two leading Senate Democrats declined on Sunday to rule out the possibility that President Bush could be impeached over his decision to wiretap terrorists who make phone calls to the U.S.

Asked about Rep. John Lewis' complaint that the Bush surveillance program could be an impeachable offense, Sen. Ted Kennedy told ABC's "This Week": "I'm concerned about the abuses of executive power in the areas of torture and the areas of spying-and about how we're treating individuals in terms of the court systems."

The Massachusetts Democrat said he agreed with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, whom he quoted as saying: "We're at war but war is not a blank check to a president to override the rights and liberties of the Constitution."

"I don't believe that this president understands that," Kennedy added.
They are just salivating at the prospect of winning back the House and Senate so they can go through with this. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son...

Time Served

This guy is probably safer staying in jail.
BREITBART.COM - Report: Man Who Shot Pope to Be Freed


A court has approved the release from prison the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, saying he completed his sentence for crimes he committed in Turkey, the semiofficial Anatolia news agency reported Sunday.

Mehmet Ali Agca was extradited to Turkey in 2000 after serving almost 20 years in Italy for shooting and wounding the pope in St. Peter's Square in Rome. His motive for the attack remains unclear.
Well, I'm sure some of Putin's old buddies from the KGB could shed some light on the details.

Dean-O's Whack Pack

Call me crazy, but I think this is effing brilliant and will be one of the biggest things to hit the blogsphere this year. Sing it, Howie!

Captain Trips

So should I start to stock up on food, fresh water, and ammo yet?
BREITBART.COM - WHO: Deaths in Turkey Were From H5N1 Flu

Two teenage siblings who died of bird flu in Turkey this week were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, the first time the strain has killed humans outside East Asia, the U.N. health agency said Saturday.

The World Health Organization said it was sending specialists to Turkey to determine whether the virus was transmitted from person to person.

"The laboratory in the U.K. said that they have detected H5N1 in samples from the two fatal cases," WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng told the Associated Press.
If this thing does turn into a pandemic, it would be like nothing seen since the influenza epidemic of 1918. The question is, who will follow Flagg and who will follow the old black lady from the cornfield?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Faint Praise

Chris Matthews has suddenly decided that sucking up is the way to improve his ratings.
In Anti-DeLay Push, Chris Matthews Touts Newt, National Review As "Brilliant" NewsBusters.org

It's always curious when liberal-media types start hailing the brilliance of conservatives when their arguments line up with liberal wishes. Since the Jack Abramoff plea, both Newt Gingrich and National Review Online have suggested it would be nice for House Republicans to find a Majority Leader with a more reformist edge. To MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, these people are suddenly brilliant and impresive, as he declared in a "Today" pundit segment on Friday. MRC's Scott Whitlock took it down yesterday.

"Well, Newt Gingrich isn't maybe, the most popular guy in the country. But he is ruthlessly brilliant. And he knows that this is the time to nail this guy. And he's going out and said, let's get rid of Delay, now. And you've got the National Review, the historically conservative, very impressive magazine all these years for the conservative movement, started by Bill Buckley. That's come out now and called for him to get out of the way. I think the big cadualty here, to the delight of liberals and the chargin of people who helped build the Republican majorities, Tom Delay looks like victim number one here. I'm not sure the party's going to be the victim by next November. Because one of the great ironies of politics is that when you get the body out of the way, the party that suffered the loss doesn't seem to look so bad."
Meanwhile, Chris was sharpening his knife as he got ready to join the other media sharks.

Down But Not Out

The Hammer is stepping down.
FOXNews.com - Politics - DeLay Gives Up Post as House Majority Leader

WASHINGTON-Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay on Saturday abandoned his bid to remain as House majority leader, clearing the way for leadership elections among Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal.

In a letter to rank-and-file Republicans, DeLay said, "During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner within the rules of our body and the laws of our land. I am fully confident time will bear this out."

At the same time, "I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention," the Texsas Republican wrote.
Say what you want about DeLay, nobody can deny that the guy isn't a fighter. I just wish it wasn't his own party he had to take on. Congratulations, RINOs-you may have finally destroyed what was left of the Republican revolution.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Looking For A Leader

Maybe they could hold a raffle.
FOXNews.com - Politics - House GOP Seeks to Replace DeLay's Void

WASHINGTON-Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay's hopes of reclaiming his position as House minority leader suffered a potentially fatal setback on Friday as growing numbers of fellow Republicans called for new leadership in the midst of a congressional corruption scandal.

"It's clear that we need to elect a new majority leader to restore the trust and confidence of the American people," said Rep. Jim Ramstead of Minnesota, as two fellow Republicans circulated a petition calling for new elections.

Speaker Dennis Hastert, R.-Ill., whose own hold on power appears secure, signaled he would not stand in the way of elections that could produce changes in several leadership posts.
I know that the charges against DeLy are purely political. I also know that he is now damaged goods. Both sides are going to get hit with this scandal. Considering the current state of the GOP leadership, I'm not surprised some of them are giving in early. Newt, where are you when we need you?

The Bear Facts

Maybe flowers would have been better.
FT.com / World / Asia-Pacific - China gift of pandas �an insult� to Taiwan China's "Panda diplomacy" threatened to backfire on Friday after its offer to rival Taiwan of two pandas provoked outrage in the island's government.

Officials in Taipei accused Beijing of "disrespect" and "pro-unification political warfare" after it announced it would give Taiwan a pair of pandas.

For a year, Beijing has downplayed its threat to use force to back its claim to sovereignity over Taiwan, instead launching policy initiatives intended to appeal to Taiwanese opinion.

Such moves are usually double-edge. The proffered pandas, for example, support China's claim to sovereignity over Taiwan because Beijing no longer gives the animals to foreign countries.
A word of advice to the Chinese: Pandas are warm and fuzzy. Dragons aren't.

Jesus Christ, Witness for The Defense

Maybe they should ask Brian-he lived right down the street from him, after all.
Did Jesus exist? Italian court to decide - Yahoo! News

ROME (Reuters)-Forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution.

An Italian court is taclking Jesus-and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching the he existed 2,000 years ago.

The case pits against each other two men in their 70s, who are from the same central Italian town and even went to the same seminary school in their teenage years.

The defendent, Enrico Righi, went on to become a priest writing for the parish newspaper. The plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, became a vocal atheist who, after years of wrangling, is set to get his day in court later this month.

"I started this lawsuit because I wanted to deal the final blow against the Church, the bearer of obscurantism and regression," Cascioli told Reuters.
Eat your heart out, Monty Python.

Aiding And Abetting

Bill Gates is helping Big Brother.
BREITBART.COM - Microsoft Shuts Down Chinese Blog

Microsoft Corp. has shut down the Internet journal of a Chinese blogger that discussed politically sensitive issues including a recent strike at a Beijing newspaper.

The action came amid criticism by free-speech activists of foreign technology companies that help the communist government enforce censorship or silence dissent in ordere to be allowed into China's market.
Well, at least the poor guy will still be able to get software patches...

That Old Black Magic

Just so Pat Robertson won't feel lonely, we have these nutjobs claiming voodoo to keep him company.
Jerusalem Post Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

Far-right activists took credit Thursday for the severe deterioration in Ariel Sharon's health, claiming that a pulsa denura-Aramic for "lashes of fire"-death curse they instigated against the prime minister in July was the real catalyst behind his current state of health.

"I take full responsibility for what happened," far-right activist Baruch Ben-Yosef, one of the participants at the July pulsa denura, told The Jerusalem Post. "Our pulsa denura kicked in. Nothing could kill Sharon and he said his ancestors lived until they were over 100 years old but we got him with the pulsa denura.
As anybody who has ever watched a horror movie knows, messing with curses can be bad karma. But I wouldn't expect these numbskulls to be worried about that.

Sweet Candy Critter

Here's something else to make a creationists' head explode.
New Mammal Named After Chocolate Giant

A lost bet and a sweet tooth led to the announcement this week of a new mammal named after a chocolate brand.

Dubbed Kryoryctes cadburi-as in Cadbury chocolate-the dinosaur-era mammal was roughly the size of a large cat, covered with quills, and toothless.

A distant relative of today's spiny anteater, the species lived about 106 million years ago alongside dinosaurs in what is now Australia.
God must have been awfully absent-minded to have left so many of these creatures out of the Bible...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Lord Is My Landlord

He's baaaack!
BREITBART.COM - US Christian broadcaster says Sharon's stroke divine retribution

US evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for "dividing God's land" of Israel, igniting his latest trademark controversy.

As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his "700 Club" television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

"The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity for those who, quote, 'divide my land.' God considers the land to be his.

"You read the Bible, he says, 'This is my land.' And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he's going to carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No. This is mine.'"
God as a victim of emininent domain abuse? We'll have to let the courts figure this one out. Pat, go back to hawking health drinks. And for you-know-Who's sake, at least try and remember to take your medication once in a while, 'kay?

Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu!

Now this is damn cool, if it's doable.
Scotsman.com News - Sci-Tech - Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip

AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.

The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principal but is based on a controversial theory about the fabric of the universe, could potentially allow a spacecraft to travel to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days, according to a report in today's New Scientist magazine.

The theoretical engine works by creating an intense magnetic field that, according to ideas developed by the late scientist Burkhard Heim in the 1950s, would produce a gravitational field and result in thrust for a spacecraft.

Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached. Switching off the magnetic field would result in the engine reappearing in our dimension.
Suck on it, you midieval ragheads. We're headed for Tau Ceti, and you're not invited!

Roadmap? What Roadmap?

The Religion of Peace pays its respects to Sharon.
WorldNetDaily: 'Rocket barrage if Sharon dies'

JERUSALEM-Palestenian groups in the Gaza Strip are watching the news regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's deteriorating health carefully and will celebrate with Qassam rocket firings at Jewish towns if Sharon dies, terror leaders told WorldNetDaily.

One militant leader threatened the life of Sharon's temporary replacement, Deputy Minister Ehud Olmert, who was installed as prime minister just hours ago.

"I am ready with my candies and my rockets and praying to Allah that Sharon dies. We have prepared a clebratory barrage of rockets ready to fire into Israel on the occasion of the death ouf our enemy," said Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists responsible for firing hundreds of Qassam rockets and mortars at Jewish towns.
Fine. Go ahead and celebrate while you can-because Israel can respond with more than a few fireworks of its own.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Print Media's Death Rattle

They lied, and the miners died.
UPDATE: Editors Defend, Explain False Mine Rescue Stories

NEW YORK-The fallout from incorrect reports of the West Virginia mining tragedy continued for newspapers nationwide Wednesday morning with some editors taking some blame for initially reporting the wrong story, and others saying they did everything possible to ger the correct information out as they knew it.

As numerous front pages wrongly reported that 12 of the trapped miners in the incident had been found alive, editors scrambled to determine how their papers had fared in the coverage, which began around midnight as reports first surfaced that the miners had been saved. But about three hours later, the story dramatically changed when the truth was learned that the miners had been found dead.

The timing of the first reports, just as many papers on the East Coast were hitting their first deadlines, resulted in many editors carrying the incorrect, positive news. Since the correct version of events was not released until about 3 a.m., many papers were not able to run a correct version until their final editions went out, although most changed it on their Web sites.
The print media are headed for extinction. There's plenty of blame to lay on the mining company, but the dinosaurs that call themselves the established Media hit a new low with this story. It's another nail in their coffin, and soon the dirt will be shoveled over it.

He's Their Guy

Oh, this is gonna hurt.
USATODAY.com - Alito gets 'well-qualified' rating from American Bar Association

WASHINGTON (AP)-Judge Samuel Alito on Wednesday gained the American Bar Association's highest rating for a Supreme Court nominee, giving him a boost before next week's Senate confirmation hearings.

Interest groups will now try to help or hinder Alito's chances by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on television, radio and Internet ads nationwide and in the states of key senators, before and during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings.

This is the second time the ABA, the nation's largest lawyers' organization, has rated Alito, who was nominated by President Bush on Oct. 31 as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.
In the meantime, we will get so see how many of Alito's opponents on Capitol Hill-many of whom are lawyers-will be turning in their membership cards.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

So much for Arab solidarity.
ABC News RAFAH, Gaza Strip-hundreds of Palestenians streamed into Egypt on Wednesday after militants with stolen bulldozers broke through a border wall in the most brazen challenge to Palestenian leader Mahmoud Abbas' authority. Thousands of Egyptian Interior Ministry troops swarmed the border, firing tear gas and shooting into the air. An Egyptian armored vehicle was set ablaze and a witness said three Palestenians were injured, one seriously, when a troop carrier crushed him against a wall. Police imposed a curfew on the Egyptian side, all shops were closed, and authorities cut electricity, plunging the scene into near total darkness. Hundreds of Palestenians hid in nearby farmland.
Somewhere, Arafat is being slowly turned over a fire and being force-fed bacon and pork rinds, and thinking , "This is infinitely better than what I left behind. It's all yours, Abbas! Have fun!"

Late Night With David Doofus

David Letterman shows once again why Jay Leno is kicking his ass.
NewsMax It didn't take long for fireworks to erupt last night when Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly guested on David Letterman's "CBS Late Show," with the late night host finally admitting he wasn't "smart enough" to engage in a debate over the Iraq War.

The verbal fisticuffs began when Letterman asked if O'Reilly had a good holiday.

O'Reilly responded: "I had a nice Winter Solstice," prompting a contentious exchange over whether Christmas traditions were indeed under attack.

But the confrontation really heated up with Letterman suggested, "Let's talk about your friends in the Bush administration. Things seem to be darker now than they might have been heretofore."

The comments prompted O'Reilly to launch into a point-by-point defense of the Iraq war, beginning with the argument that even if U.S. intelligence had "screwed-up" on weapons of mass destruction, "for everybody's protection, it's best for the world to have a democracy in that country functioning and friendly to the West."

Letterman seemed to turn downright hostile, however, after O'Reilly defended U.S. soldiers and attacked Cindy Sheehan.

"The United States, particularly the military, is doing a noble thing-the soldiers and Marines are noble," the Fox host insisted. "They're not terrorists. And when people call them that, like Cindy Sheehan called the insurgents 'freedom fighters,' we don't like that. It is a vitally important time in American history and we should be very careful of what we say."

The comment prompted Letterman to adminish O'Reilly, "Then you should be very careful about what you say, also...I'm very concerned about people like yourself who don't have endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan. Honest to Christ, honest to Christ."

The sometimes volatile Fox host let the personal attack slide and continued arguing his case.

A few moments later, Letterman threw in the towel, admitting, "I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point on this."
Dave, I used to like you. Really. After Johnny Carson, you were the most influential person in late-night talk. But now, instead of just showing Stupid Human Tricks, you have become one.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

For The Love Of Money

Some mighty powerful folks are sweating bullets.
NewsMax This morning's announcement that Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has reached a plea bargain deal with the Justice Department has reporters salivating over what they hint is going to be a Republican mega-scandal.

But it turns out that the most prominent player in Abramoff's web of influence was reportedly none other than the Senate's top Democrat, Harry Ried.

In a little-noticed story in November, The Associated Press revealed that Reid had accepted tens of thousands of dillars from an Abramoff client, the Coushatta Indian tribe, after interceding with Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton over a casino dispute with a rival tribe.

Reid "sent a letter to Norton on March 5, 2002," reported the AP. "The next day, the Coushattas issued a $5,000 check to Reid's tax-exempt political group, the Searchlight Leadership Fund. A second tribe represented by Abramoff sent an additional $5,000 to Reid's group. Reid ultimately received more than $66,000 in Abramoff-related donations between 2001 and 2004."

Qestioned about the donations last month by "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace, Reid immediately turned testy.

"Don't try to say I received money from Abramoff. I've never met the man, don't know anything," he insisted.
Word to the Press who hope this will hurt the Republicans more-if you lay down with whores, don't be surprised if you get screwed.

Crackheads Vs. Cokehead

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Washington Post D.C. Council member Marion Barry told reporters he was robbed at his Southeast apartment last night and he's grateful he wasn't hurt.

After giving some youths who helped carry his groceries a few dollars they left and came back, Barry told WRC-TV. When they came back, they pointed a gun to his head and took his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards.
They set him up the bomb, yo!

Monday, January 02, 2006

The Future Is Now

A change is gonna come.
Adam Graham "I envision a future where there'll be 300 million reporters, where anyone from anywhere can report for any reason. It's freedom of participation absolutely realized."-Matt Drudge in his 1998 speech to the National Press Club

The future is not yet. Despite the talk about the influence of blogs, the medium is still in the process of change and growth. According to a study published in early 2005 by the Pew Research Center, 62% of Internet users don't even know what a blog is. 27% are Blog Readers and 7% have published their own blogs. Even big blogs like Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit or Michelle Malkin don't approach the readership of the Drudge Report, Worldnetdaily, or Newsmax.

A technology that's not completely understood and is growing in influence scares a lot of movers and shakers in traditional media and politics. In a recent piece, syndicated newspaper coloumnist Kathleen Parker painted bloggers as the mad boys from "The Lord of the Flies," and begged people to ignore them. Change is coming, the only question is what form it will take.
Welcome to the Revolution! Up against the wall, MSM!

Running Scared

As Leakgate continues to come back to bite the MSM, some folks aren't too happy they weren't told the whole story-not about the NSA, but about the way their own people handled the story.
New York Times THE New York Times' explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping domestically without court-apporved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper's repeated pledges of greater transparancy.

For the first time since I became public editor, the executive editor and the publisher have declined to respond to my requests for information about news-related decision-making. My queries concerned the timing of the exclusive Dec. 16 article about President Bush's secret decision in the months after 9-11 to quthorize the warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in the United States.

I e-mailed a list of 28 questions to Bill Keller, the executive editor, on Dec. 19, three days after the article appeared. He promptly declined to respond. they held out no hope for a fuller explanation in the future.
Sir, you work for a paper that hired Jayson Blair. Quite frankly, I'm shocked that you're shocked.

It's Just Business

Russia makes the EU an offer they can't refuse.
ABC News MOSCOW-Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom promised Monday to boost the amount of gas it ships to European customers through Ukraine, claiming that country was stealing gas intended for the winter-bound continent.

The state-controlled company halted deliveries to Ukraine on Sunday because Kiev had refused to meet its demands for a fourfold price increase. Gazprom said after the cutoff to Ukraine that it would continue shipping full supplies to its European customers, about 80 percent of which goes through pipelines crossing Ukraine.
When you deal with gangsters, you get what you're extorted, er, what you pay for.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Hitler's Heir

David Duke must love this guy.
Jerusalem Post Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said the Nazi attempt to eradicate Jews in the Holocaust was a "myth," has now charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing Israel, a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries.

"Don't you think that continuation of genocide by expelling Jews from Europe was one of their (the Europeans') aims in creating a regime of occupiers of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)?" the official Islamic Republic News agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "Isn't that an important question?"

And the reasons for removing this clown from this mortal coil just keep on coming.

The Last Refuge Of A Conspiracy Theory

When all else fails...call in the lawyers: The DNC is alleging, in a complaint filed in federal district court in Manhattan, that top Trump ...